Stun­ning Bravo half-cen­tury hands CSK sen­sa­tional win

Stabroek News Sunday - - SUNDAY SPORT -

MUM­BAI, In­dia, CMC – West Indies all-rounder Dwayne Bravo blasted a stun­ning half-cen­tury as Chen­nai Su­per Kings came from be­hind to beat Mum­bai In­di­ans by one wicket with a ball to spare, to make a bright start to the Indian Premier League here Satur­day.

Asked to chase 166 in the cur­tain-raiser at the Wankhede Sta­dium, CSK were tot­ter­ing on 118 for eight in the 17th over be­fore Bravo took mat­ters into his own hands with a 30-ball 68, to trans­form the con­test in an in­stant.

When he per­ished off the fi­nal ball of the penul­ti­mate over, CSK still re­quired seven runs from the last six balls. But Kedar Jad­hav, who re­tired hurt in the 13th over on 14, hob­bled back to the crease and de­spite be­ing kept score­less from the first three balls, belted left-arm seamer Mustafizur Rah­man for a six and a four to end the match em­phat­i­cally.

Ear­lier, seamer Bravo had pro­duced a bril­liant fi­nal over which yielded just five runs as Mum­bai were held to 165 for four off their 20 overs, af­ter be­ing sent in.

Suryaku­mar Ya­dav top­scored with 43, Krunal Pandya weighed in with an un­beaten while Ishan Kis­han got 40.

West Indies team­mate Evin Lewis had an in­glo­ri­ous start to his IPL ca­reer when he fell for a two-ball ‘duck’, lbw to seamer Deepak Cha­har in the third over miss­ing a flick.

His open­ing part­ner Ro­hit Sharma (15) fol­lowed at 20 for two in the fourth over but Ya­dav and Kis­han posted 68 for the third wicket be­fore the Pandya broth­ers, Krunal and Hardik (22 not out) added a fur­ther 52 in an un­bro­ken stand, to in­nings.

CSK then lost wick­ets steadily in their run chase as 20-year-old leg-spin­ner Mayank Markande (3-23) and medium pacer Hardik Pandya (3-24) tore through the in­nings.

Bravo, a vet­eran of 376 T20s, ar­rived to pum­meled his 20th half-cen­tury, smash­ing three fours and seven sixes in a 41-run, ninth wicket stand with Im­ran Tahir (two not out), to put CSK on the front foot.

In a cal­cu­lated as­sault, Bravo struck key blows to keep the score­board tick­ing over be­fore rais­ing the tempo by tak­ing 20 runs from New Zealand seamer Mitchell McCle­naghan’s 18th over.

The Trinida­dian fol­lowed up with sixes on ei­ther side of the wicket off the first two balls of the fifth wicket bol­ster the 19th over from seamer Jasprit Bum­rah be­fore clear­ing the ropes at mid­wicket with the fifth ball, as the over also went for 20 runs.

He mis-hit the fi­nal de­liv­ery and was caught at mid-off but Jad­hav held his nerve to se­cure the win for CSK.

West Indies all-rounder Dwayne Bravo.

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